Work underway on Thornton parking garage

Staff Report
Posted 7/17/18

Work has started on a new parking garage designed to serve commuters using a light rail line between Denver and Thornton Crossroads. It’s being built just south of 104th Avenue on Colorado …

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Work underway on Thornton parking garage

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Work has started on a new parking garage designed to serve commuters using a light rail line between Denver and Thornton Crossroads.

It’s being built just south of 104th Avenue on Colorado Boulevard. The new six-story parking garage will hold 823 stalls and include two vehicle entrances, one on the northern end of the garage and one on the southern end.

The main entrance off of the station plaza houses two elevators and the main stairway.

Additionally, the garage includes three stairwells with glass enclosures to let in ample natural light. Other features include colored concrete exterior walls, mesh screening panels at the lower levels, and metal panels on the exterior.

The 18.5-mile commuter rail line will run from Denver Union Station through the National Western Center at 48th and Brighton and Commerce City to Thornton. It continues north to Northglenn and terminates at 124th Avenue.

According to planners, the train should provide 20-minute service to and from Union Station and seven-minute service north to the station at 124th Avenue.

The garage will also be a hub for several RTD bus routes.

The garage is being built as part of RTD FasTracks program by PCL Construction Services, Inc. Iron Horse Architects and Regional Rail Partners.

“Parking structures are popping up more and more within the cities with high traffic areas. The cities and developers are trying to design these parking structures so that they are seen more as a one-stop location instead of a hindrance taking up real-estate,” said Ryan Schmidt, PCL’s Denver District Operations Manager.

Schmidt said the garage should also enhance the surrounding neighborhoods and designers are working to minimize the impacts to neighboring businesses and residential homes.

“With traffic increasing throughout the metro area, pressing as far north as Westminster the cities are trying to proactively build structures that support the growing community using the mass transit system,” said Schmidt.

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